Sunday, March 11, 2018

Orlando City SC 1, Minnesota United FC 2 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Minnesota United FC rebounded from a tough loss to open the 2018 MLS regular season with a 2-1 road win over Orlando City SC on Saturday night at Orlando City Stadium.
It was the visitors who drew first blood, as a nifty pass from Kevin Molino broke through Orlando City's defense to find Ethan Finlay, with the American slotting the shot into the goal in the 12th minute. The lead held until a few minutes before halftime, as Richie Laryea drew a penalty from Finlay on the very edge of the box that underwent Video Review. Yoshi Yotun converted the spot kick to make it 1-1.
But as the game became more and more testy, it appeared the match may end in a stalemate. Finlay ensured that wouldn't happen, as substitutes Mason Toye and Miguel Ibarra connected to set up Finlay for his second goal of the night in the 79th minute.

New York Red Bulls 4, Portland Timbers 0 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Ben Mines scored in the first half and Bradley Wright-Phillips and Carlos Rivas tacked on insurance goals in the second half for a reserve-filled New York Red Bulls in a 4-0 win over the Portland Timbers Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.
On his debut, Mines gave the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute, completing a well-worked sequence that started with Derrick Etienne Jr and Carlos Rivas playing a quick one-two.
Etienne spun and escaped into space and played to Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra on his left. Kaku sent a low cross to the back post where Mines - the Homegrown 17-year-old - tapped in for his first MLS goal. Per Elias Sports Bureau, he is the fifth-youngest player to earn an MLS start in club history and the third-youngest to score, behind Eddie Gaven and Jozy Altidore. 
Bradley Wright-Phillips and Carlos Rivas tacked on two goals in a three-minute span to put the game away. After Sean Davis latched onto Vincent Bezecourt's corner kick, Wright-Phillips headed in from the edge of the six. Three minutes later, Rivas scored his first goal in a Red Bulls uniform to close out an impressive performance and Rivas added the final goal in stoppage time. 


 Here are three things we learned from Round 1 of the Duluth Invitational on Saturday night at Infinite Energy Arena.
Barbosa sustains right foot injury; X-rays scheduled for Monday
Dener Barbosa leaned his head back and winced in pain as he lay on the training table inside the PBR Sports Medicine room.
Barbosa’s right foot had a big of ice wrapped around it as the world No. bull rider 3 shook his head in disappointment.
Dr. Tandy Freeman informed Barbosa that he likely has three broken metatarsals in his foot, and he will need to get X-rays on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.
Barbosa had his foot stepped on by Clemon Time following his 5.54-second buckoff on Friday night.
“He faked left and I kind of got my body inside and he just went the other way and got me a little out of shape,” Barbosa said via Paulo Crimber translating. “When I hit the ground, the bull stepped on my foot hard into the ground and I felt it when it broke.”
Barbosa becomes the latest World Champion contender to sustain an injury this season.
Just last week, No. 7 Derek Kolbaba tore his ACL and MCL in North Little Rock, Arkansas, while No. 10 Stetson Lawrence is out this week because of a fractured right ankle.
Ryan Dirteater was third in the world standings before fracturing four ribs in Anaheim, California, and Gage Gay was the world leader before tearing his right ACL/MCL in Chicago.
Dirteater returned to action this weekend with a 69-point ride on Rebel Yell II. The No. 6 bull rider in the world said after the event that he decided to turn down his re-ride option because he still isn’t 100 percent.
2017 World Champion Cooper Davis, who is No. 5 in the world standings, is trying to ride through a partially torn ligament in his ring finger of his riding hand to no avail. Davis was bucked off by Wiz Train in Round 1 in 4.44 seconds and is 1-for-13 since the injury.
Barbosa, though, leads the PBR in qualified rides (19) and riding percentage (67.86 percent) and is having a career-year.
His pursuit of the gold buckle is likely on hold.
Barbosa trails world leader Ramon de Lima by 210 points, but he may lose further ground this weekend after Lima rode Restless Heart for 83.75 points and a 10th place finish in the round.
No. 4 Claudio Montanha Jr. also rode Crosshairs for 84.75 points and is sitting in eighth place.
No. 2 Luciano de Castro was bucked off by Chocolate Shake in 2.6 seconds.
Chandler earns first round win to push cutline behind him
Tye Chandler was hanging on to the final Unleash The Beast draw spot by a thread when he first walked into Infinite Energy Arena on Friday, but he now has some breathing room after he left the arena with the first Unleash The Beast round victory of his career.
Chandler rode Gangster Boy for a career-high 87 points away from his hand to pick up the Round 1 win and 100 world points.
The victory pushed him from No. 35 in the world standings to No. 28.
“That was really big,” Chandler said. “I knew it was coming. I told you God had a plan and I had to keep trusting it.”
Not only were the world points extremely important for Chandler, but just hearing the 8-second mark go off may go a long way for him.
Chandler began his rookie year 1-for-13 on the Unleash The Beast and got on three practice bulls this week to try and break out of his slump.
“I need the points and everything, but I am not just focusing on the round,” Chandler said. “I want to win. I know I can win. Maybe I just had to prove to myself that I can still ride up here. I was doing good in the practice pen. I just couldn’t put it together up here. I feel good. I feel like I am riding like myself again.”
Chandler has drawn Curly Drifter (0-1, PBR UTB) for Round 2 on Sunday afternoon.
Rounding out the Top 5 in the round was Eduardo Aparecido (86.5 points on Pill Pusher), Jess Lockwood (86.25 points on Cyclone), Marco Eguchi(86 points on Blue Stone) and Cody Teel (85.75 points on Shattered Dreams).
Teel had actually ridden at the Arcadia, Florida, rodeo on Friday afternoon, where he placed second to Brennon Eldred.
“It is just a rodeo I have been to a lot,” Teel said. “The sunshine in Florida this time of year is a nice break in the action. That is why I went. It is a decent rodeo too. I had a good bull too, it was fun.
Teel has ridden five of his last 10 and is 14-for-26 overall.
“Tonight (Shattered Dreams) had me a little shuffling around a little more than I would want to on that bull,” Teel said. “He is a really good draw. He just had me humped up leaving there. I had a bad start. Nothing he did, just the way I left on my rear-end. It kind of just set the tone for the ride. I was a step behind the whole time. I got in there and he let off the throttle. I made it a little harder than I should have.”
Lockwood picks up only third Round 1 ride of the season
Jess Lockwood has spoken a lot about how he has regained his momentum since winning The American two weeks ago in Arlington, Texas.
The reigning PBR World Champion continued to build on that theme Saturday night by placing third in the round with an 86.25-point ride on Cyclone.
“Derek (Kolbaba) rode that bull and won the round in St. Louis and I knew he was good,” Lockwood said. “I knew he had a hold of him and so I was ready for that and he kind of wanted me in there. I just had to spur him and it was good the whistle came when it did.”
It is only the third time in nine events that Lockwood has ridden his first-round bull.
“Whenever you get that first one rode, it is just a relief,” Lockwood said. “You don’t wake up the next morning thinking, ‘Shoot, if I don’t get this one rode then my weekend is done.’ You wake up and you think, ‘I got one down and I am set for the championship round. Now it is time to go ride another and go get Bruiser.’”
SweetPro’s Bruiser bucked Lockwood off in 4.89 seconds last week in North Little Rock and cost the 20-year-old a chance at the event win.
Bruiser is slated for the championship round on Sunday, but Lockwood will first need to get past Red Dawn (2-0, PBR UTB) in Round 2 before attempting to select Bruiser.
Red Dawn bucked off Tanner Byrne in 2.63 seconds in Round 1.
Injury Updates
Cody Campbell turned down his re-ride option in Round 1 after riding Black Visa for 68.75 points. According to Dr. Freeman, Campbell bruised his chest and is probable for Round 2.
Fabiano Vieira is questionable for Championship Sunday after sustaining a concussion attempting to ride Teer Jerker (7.9 seconds).
Lowe to match-up with Wild Goose
Mason Lowe’s back may be up against a wall, but he still has a chance to get things back on track this weekend at the Duluth Invitational.
Lowe has missed the past two weeks with a right arm and rotator cuff injury he sustained in St. Louis when he was bucked off by Speed Demon in 3.44 seconds and the No. 86 bull rider in the world standings is down to his final 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast exemption.
The 24-year-old needs to earn at least 182.5 world points to potentially crack the Top 35 and avoid losing his draw spot.
Lowe, who confirmed with the PBR competition department that he will ride this weekend, is 4-for-16 in seven events and has drawn Wild Goose (4-3, PBR UTB) for Round 1 on Saturday night.
Wild Goose could be exactly the bull the right-hander needs.
The D&H Cattle Company bovine athlete has been ridden in three consecutive outs for an average score of 88.16 points, but Ramon de Lima,Stetson Lawrence and Dener Barbosa are lefties. No righty has covered Wild Goose yet.
Speaking of Lawrence, the No. 9 ranked bull rider is out for this week, and possibly one more week, because of a fractured right ankle. Lawrence sustained the injury attempting to ride Mighty Mouse (6.6 seconds) and is 0-for-3 since getting hurt.
“I will be sure be back for Glendale,” Lawrence said. “I got hung up and stomped on by that little bull. I fractured the inside of my tibia and broke my fibula. It is a little painful on the right side. I am more worried about the actual getoff than the riding. Riding I use my feet quite a bit, but not as much as most riders do.”
For now, Lawrence doesn’t believe he will need surgery. That would be the case if his fractures become displaced (when two ends of a fracture don’t line up straight).
Meanwhile, No. 80 Stormy Wing will have one more guaranteed exemption before being subject to the cutline. Wing is 177.5 points behind No. 35 Tye Chandler and is still in search of his first qualified ride on the premier series (0-for-13).
Wing will square off against Decoded (5-1, PBR UTB).
Three-time World Champion Silvano Alves remains on World Champion Provisional status and has eight events remaining. Alves is 43rd in the world standings and 67.5 points behind Chandler.
Alves has drawn Face Jerker 9000.
No. 51 Sean Willingham is set to compete in his first Unleash The Beast event in two years (Springfield, Missouri, 2015). Willingham’s last premier series win came in 2014 in Duluth and he is in the draw this week as a Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour invite.
The 36-year-old announced earlier he will retire at the end of the season and went on to win the Biloxi, Mississippi, Velocity event on Dec. 9. The Summerville, Georgia, native is coming off a 0-for-2 showing last weekend in Hampton, Virginia, and is 4-for-12 at all levels of competition.
Willingham is 122.5 points behind the Top 35 and takes on Slingin Tears (1-0, PBR UTB).
Bryan Titman has also earned an invite to the Duluth Invitational courtesy of his Velocity Tour win in Greenville, South Carolina. This is his second Unleash The Beast event and he is 97.5 points behind Chandler.
Titman faces Jug Head (2-1, PBR UTB) in Round 1.
There are five riders inside the Top 35 out of competition – No. 7 Derek Kolbaba (torn right ACL/MCL), No. 9 Stetson Lawrence (fractured ankle), No. 11 Gage Gay (reconstructive knee surgery), No. 25 Fraser Babbington(personal decision) and No. 31 Aaron Kleier (personal decision).
Lawrence said he is week to week after breaking his ankle at The American Semi-Finals in Fort Worth, Texas, two weeks ago.
The Williston, North Dakota, bull rider tried to ride through the injury, but has gone
Therefore, No. 37 Nathan Burtenshaw (-12.5 points) and No. 39 Ueberson Duarte (-35 points) are competing as alternates to round out the draw. They take on See Ya and Blue Boy (0-0, PBR UTB), respectively.
World leader Ramon de Lima has drawn Restless Heart (0-0, PBR UTB) and has a 90-point lead atop the world rankings ahead of No. 2 Luciano de Castro.


In only the seventh event at the premier series level, rookie Tye Chandler (Celina, Texas) won Round 1 of the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast, Duluth Invitational in front of a packed house on Saturday night at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia.
The Texas native rode Gangster Boy (Rickey West Bucking Bulls) for the required 8 seconds to win his first-ever round at the top level in the PBR (Professional Bull Riders).
With the round win, Chandler netted 100 world points and $3,580. He was sitting at 35th in the PBR world standings, in danger of being cut from the tour and dropping down to the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT). But thanks to the win he is now ranked 28th in the world.
Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil) reached 8 seconds aboard Pill Pusher (D&H Cattle Co./Bob & Jeri Adams) for 86.50 points to finish second in the round. Aparecido netted 60 world points along with a paycheck of $2,750. With his finish, he is now in the Top-10 sitting 9th.
Reigning PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) finished in third place after recording an 86.25-point ride. Lockwood rode Cyclone (Blake Sharp/Sharp Farm&Cattle/Rio Rojo Cattle Co., LLC). He picked up 50 points toward the world standings along with $2,000. Lockwood is currently 14th in the world.
Marco Eguchi (Sao Paulo, Brazil) finished in fourth place after an 86-point ride on Blue Stone (D&H Cattle Co.). He netted 30 world points along with $1,400. Eguchi is ranked 21st.
Fifth place went to Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas) who rode Shattered Dreams (Kevin Foreman Bucking Bulls) for 85.75 points. He earned 30 points towards the world points along with $850. With his finish in the round, Teel is now 13th in the world standings.
The best bull riders in the world will return to Infinite Energy Arena one more time for the conclusion of the Duluth Invitational on Sunday afternoon. Each rider will face one more bull in Round 2 before the Top 15 move on to the Championship Round where the winner be crowned.
In other PBR action on Saturday evening, Michael Lane (Tazewell, Virginia) won the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT) Dayton Rumble event inside of Wright State University’s Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.
Lane was the only cowboy to earn two scores on the night. He rode Last One Standing (Cornwell Bucking Bulls) for 84.5 points in the first round and Drain The Swamp (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls) for 84 points in the championship round. The victory gave Lane 120 points toward the world standings, and a spot at the Tacoma Invitational presented by Cooper Tires in Tacoma, Washington on April 14-15.
Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Dayton Rumble Event Results
Name, Round 1-Round 2 -Aggr. Score-Total Points-Money Earned

1. Michael Lane, 84.5-84-168.5-$7,150
2. Troy Wilkinson, 0-87-87-$5,150
3. Carlos Garcia, 85-0-85-$3,300
4. Daniel Tinsman, 84-0-84-$1,570
5. Paul Knight-84-0-84-$1,570
Professional Bull Riders
Duluth Invitational
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Tye Chandler, 87-0-0-87.00-100 Points.
2. Eduardo Aparecido, 86.5-0-0-86.50-60 Points.
3. Jess Lockwood, 86.25-0-0-86.25-50 Points.\
4. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 86-0-0-86.00-40 Points.
5. Cody Teel, 85.75-0-0-85.75-30 Points.
6. Emilio Resende, 85.5-0-0-85.50-15 Points.
7. Nathan Burtenshaw, 85.25-0-0-85.25-5 Points.
8. Claudio Montanha Jr., 84.75-0-0-84.75
(tie). Cody Nance, 84.75-0-0-84.75
10. Ramon de Lima, 83.25-0-0-83.25
11. Fernando Henrique Novais, 81.5-0-0-81.50
12. Ryan Dirteater, 69-0-0-69.00
13. Cody Campbell, 68.75-0-0-68.75
Luciano De Castro, 0-0-0-0.00
Dener Barbosa, 0-0-0-0.00
Cooper Davis, 0-0-0-0.00
Guilherme Marchi, 0-0-0-0.00
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0.00
Tanner Byrne, 0-0-0-0.00
Jose Vitor Leme, 0-0-0-0.00
Kaique Pacheco, 0-0-0-0.00
Fabiano Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00
Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00
J.B. Mauney, 0-0-0-0.00
Dakota Buttar, 0-0-0-0.00
Brennon Eldred, 0-0-0-0.00
Alex Marcilio, 0-0-0-0.00
Chase Robbins, 0-0-0-0.00
Brady Oleson, 0-0-0-0.00
Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0.00
Juan Carlos Contreras, 0-0-0-0.00
Ueberson Duarte, 0-0-0-0.00
Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0.00
Bryan Titman, 0-0-0-0.00
Sean Willingham, 0-0-0-0.00
Stormy Wing, 0-0-0-0.00
Mason Lowe, 0-0-0-0.00

Chicago Fire 3, Sporting Kansas City 4 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

After having the first word in a wild contest in the Windy City region on Saturday evening, Felipe Gutierrez eventually had the last.
Gutierrez smashed home the winner in the 86th to complete a brace and lift Sporting Kansas City to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Fire on a chilly evening at Toyota Park.
Chicago looked to have completed a scintillating comeback in a 12-minute stretch of the second half when Bastian Schweinsteiger set up Aleksandar Katai and then Nemanja Nikolic pounced for a brace.
But a Sporting side that was offensively challenged a season ago required only a minute to reply through Jimmy Medranda. Then winter Designated Player acquisition Gutierrez put SKC in front again on the break, on the second goal of the evening set up by Daniel Salloi.
Johnny Russell also helped create the winner with a blistering break down the left. He also scored his first goal in an SKC jersey back in the first half.

Houston Dynamo 1, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Vancouver Whitecaps FC continued their strong start to the 2018 MLS regular season, defeating the Houston Dynamo 2-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday.
The Whitecaps got on the board in the 28th minute courtesy of Kei Kamara, who drew a penalty from Philippe Senderos in the box. The goal was Kamara's 100th in his MLS career in regular season play. But the Dynamo, who had been controlling the run of play, tied up the match 11 minutes later with a deflected effort from Alberth Elis.
Vancouver retook the lead a few minutes after the restart, as Brek Shea played a give-and-go with Kamara near the center line before breaking away and beating Chris Seitz to make it 2-1. While Houston continued to push for a second equalizer throughout the second half, the Whitecaps held firm to start the season 2-0-0.

Keselowski overcomes speeding penalty to win Xfinity Series race at ISM Raceway

Neither a speeding penalty nor uncharacteristic rain in the Sonoran Desert could keep Brad Keselowski out of Victory Lane on Saturday at ISM Raceway.
In winning the DC Solar 200 in his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the season, Keselowski picked up his second victory at the one-mile track and the 37th of his career, fifth most all-time.
The driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford beat Justin Allgaier to the finish line by .530 second in a battle that saw Keselowski, Allgaier, third-place Kyle Busch and fourth-place Christopher Bell all take turns with the upper hand.
“It was a solid team effort,” said Keselowski, who led 66 laps, second only to Allgaier’s 76. “I wasn’t perfect today by any stretch of the imagination, but the car was really strong.
“Really, really good for about 50-60 laps. The last 20 laps it would fall off pretty good but the guys made it count. I am really proud of them.”
The end of the first 45-lap stage, won by Allgaier, brought a red flag for rain lasting 1 hour, 34 minutes, 57 seconds. When racing resumed under caution, Keselowski drew a penalty for speeding on pit road and restarted on Lap 53 at the back of the field.
That paved the way for Busch to win Stage 2—which ended in a one-lap shootout after a rain delay of 25 minutes, 21 seconds — as Keselowski worked his way back to third position. The final stage ran caution-free for 104 laps, with plenty of ebb and flow between the contending drivers.
Staggered pit strategies put Allgaier in the lead for the final restart on Lap 97, but Keselowski overtook him on Lap 143. With an excellent long-run car, Bell fought his way into the lead on Lap 164, passing Keselowski in a side-by-side drag race to the stripe.
But Keselowski regained the top spot on Lap 179 near the end of a long cycle of green flag pit stops and stayed comfortably ahead of Allgaier the rest of the way.
“It was disheartening to take the lead and fall back after the pit stop,” said Bell, whose car couldn’t keep up with those of his rivals on fresh tires. “I struggled on the short run getting up to speed, and those guys drove away from me.”
Allgaier found a silver lining in his second-place finish.
“I learned something from Brad running behind him,” said Allgaier, who chipped away at Keselowski’s lead before time ran out. “I was able to run him back down from what I learned.”
Allgaier also gained ground on JR Motorsports teammates Elliott Sadler and Tyler Reddick, who entered the race tied for the series lead. Sadler and Reddick started the event from the back of the field, Sadler because of an engine change and Reddick in a backup car after damaging his primary No. 9 Chevrolet during the first round of qualifying on Saturday.
Sadler, who ran ninth as the first driver one lap down, retained the series lead by one point over Reddick, who finished 10th. Allgaier is third in the standings, seven points back, and Bell trails the leader by eight points in fourth.
Note: The No. 22 (Keselowski, race winner) and No. 18 (Busch, third-place finisher) teams each had one lug nut not secured after post-race inspection.

Real Salt Lake 1, Los Angeles Football Club 5 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Diego Rossi and LAFC continued their stunning introduction to MLS in a 5-1 romp away to Real Salt Lake on Saturday afternoon.
Rossi scored twice and added assists on his side's other three goals as LAFC scored five unanswered after falling behind to continue their perfect start under coach Bob Bradley.
Latif Blessing, Benny Feilhaber and Carlos Vela also struck their first goals for the expansion side in a one-sided affair at Rio Tinto Stadium, which is usually one of the league's more formidable away venues.
That all came after Joao Plata briefly put the hosts ahead when he tucked in the rebound of a saved penalty, one awarded largely against run of play. 

New England Revolution 2, Colorado Rapids 1 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Chris Tierney's free kick deflected in off the Colorado Rapids wall deep in second-half stoppage time to lift the New England Revolution to a 2-1 victory at Gillette Stadium Saturday afternoon. 
Tierney, who came on as a first-half replacement for an injured Gabriel Somi, scored from just outside of the 18-yard box as the Revs bounced back from a season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Union. 
Diego Fagundez scored the Revs' first goal of the season three minutes after halftime, striking low past Tim Howard from 13 yards.
Colorado had a golden chance to equalize six minutes later when Jack Price stepped to the penalty spot after Jalil Anibaba took down Jack MeBean in the box. But Matt Turner dove to his right to make the save and Price skied the rebound over the crossbar.
Yet just moments after coming off the substitute’s bench, Niki Jackson leveled for the Rapids in the 66th minute, beating Turner to a Johan Bomberg cross and heading in his first MLS goal.

Columbus Crew SC 3, Montreal Impact 2 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Columbus Crew SC got out to a 2-0 lead against the Montreal Impact inside of 15 minutes, lost the lead, and then won it back on a stoppage-time PK by Gyasi Zardes — adding up to a 3-2 win in Crew SC's 2018 home opener at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Federico Higuain scored his 50th career MLS regular-season goal to open the scoring, making good on a penalty awarded when Montreal's Jukka Raitala fouled Lalas Abubakar in the box. Zardes repeated last week's feat by doubling the Columbus lead moments later, finishing on a wild free-kick sequence.
Ignacio Piatti and Raheem Edwards scored 2nd-half goals to bring the Impact back from their deficit — to what appeared, until the late penalty call, to be Impact coach Remi Garde's first MLS result.